There’s nothing wrong with using this word—except when it’s redundant. And that’s where we find most of the goofs in our speech.

How often have you heard the phrases “past history” or “past experience”? Probably far too often, and likely often enough that we no longer feel the damage it’s doing to our brains.

Think about it. “History” is all in the past, isn’t it? So “past history” is redundant, right?

How about our experiences? As far as I’m aware, I’ve never had a future experience. Come to think of it, all my experiences have been in the past. (I’m assuming yours have been, too. So to say “past experience” is redundant, too.)

So let’s just say things like “History tells us…” and “From my experience…”. And yes, you have my permission to ask folks about any future history or future experiences when they use “past” redundantly!

The Year in Review

A Surprise Entry!

First of all, thanks to all of you who have signed up for this blog. I hope you’ve made a few changes that make sense to you.

Let’s take a quick look at some of this year’s highlights:

The dedication: If you haven’t read where the name of the blog really came from, take a moment to read the About section.

We learned we can’t use very in front of first or last.

We learned we can’t put any qualifying word in front of unique; the word needs to stand alone.

We learned that the “s” for the plural of son-in-law goes after son.

Some of us learned that there is no such word as alot. What we mean is a lot—two words.

We learned that saying past history or past experience is redundant.

We learned that no matter what college you may have attended, you can never be an alumni.

We learned the difference between couldn’t care less and could care less.

We learned that reoccur and reoccurring are not real words.

We learned that fewer and less are not to be used interchangeably.

We learned that its’ is an abomination.

We learned that saying “irregardless” is nearly as abominable.

If one of the above doesn’t make sense, just look back at the blog and refresh yourself. Sometimes it takes real work to fight back against the tide!

Thanks for coming onboard. Please feel free to make a suggestion or leave a comment. They are always welcome.

Happy New Year to you all (or all y’all)!